Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, has posted his first video since a brief mutiny in late June, possibly from Africa. Seen in desert camouflage, he hints at being in Africa and pledges to continue the group’s mission, including recruiting new fighters. Wagner continues to have a presence in Belarus, where they train the army, and is expressing intentions to increase its activities in Africa. The future of Wagner and Prigozhin remains uncertain since the rebellion against the Russian defense establishment.
- First Video Since Mutiny: Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner’s boss, has appeared in his first video since leading a short-lived mutiny, possibly shot in an African desert, armed and in camouflage.
- Future Intentions Revealed: Prigozhin’s comments in the video and affiliated channels suggest an intent to make Africa “more free” and to continue fighting against groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. He also said Wagner is recruiting people to fulfill set tasks.
- Wagner’s Activities Post-Mutiny: After the rebellion against the Russian defense establishment, some Wagner fighters have moved to Belarus for training the army. Prigozhin also indicated that Wagner is ready to increase its presence in Africa.
- Uncertain Future: The status and future of Wagner and its leader Prigozhin remain uncertain since the brief rebellion two months ago. The Kremlin stated that he and some soldiers would leave for Belarus, reflecting the unclear position of the group within Russia.